By Cheryl Conway
With Thanksgiving behind us and winter holidays ushering in, this time of year is filled with more and more people giving to charities, hosting dinners and reaching out to those struggling or needing some help to get by.
These are the type of stories that New View Media Group welcomes as good news and kindness tend to spread and creates a chain reaction that may encourage others to pitch in by donating some time, money or items that they do not need or use.
New View Media Group, it’s that new view on news that tends to steer away from anything controversial and negative, such as the recent political debates and election. The recent election, as contentious as it was, remains uneasy for many who question the next leadership; and if the other candidate would have won, that same uneasiness would have still been present.
As readers look at the past year, and then forward to what lies ahead, we must not forget the importance of sticking to core values, good ethics and morals, and proper etiquette which can range from being kind to others; having respect for all people; being honest and giving to those who may be struggling.
Throughout the year, the local community has been an outreach in so many ways to help others both near and far. Readers of the “Caldwell News” were inundated with so many positive stories. In Caldwell, the community made an effort to honor first responders with painted blue lines on town roads to support police; an 89-year old North Caldwell man hosts a music concert to support food pantries; a 40-year old West Caldwell woman gives back by getting involved in various acts of kindness for 40 days to celebrate her milestone birthday; a ‘book lady’ in Essex County delivers free books to nail salons and beauty shops to encourage reading among children; local students at Caldwell University trick-or-treat for non-perishable goods to support Caldwell Food Pantry; Boy Scouts fundraise and help to complete borough project to provide steps, clear brush and build a walkable path; police and fire departments compete in Battle of Badges to offset the costs for a service dog needed by a 16-year old autistic boy; non-profit organization hosts Zombie 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for student soccer scholarships, tournaments, camps and equipment; Caldwell mayor partners with a rescue shelter to fundraise for homeless animals; Caldwell Rotary supports animal shelter; Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex hosts food drive; Caldwell students spend spring break rebuilding in Appalachia; James Caldwell High School student collects journals to benefit Congenital Heart Defect patients; Caldwell University students serve in Belize; Caldwell Chiefs Football Team raises funds for breast cancer foundation; Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex hosts diaper drive; James Caldwell High School hosts coat drive.
The list of amazing stories that detail all of the wonderful actions prompted by the local community go on and on. For 2017, let’s continue to share in all of the good that surrounds us, big or small, near or far.
Send your press releases and story ideas to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy holidays to all readers and a bright, healthy New Year.